On his second appearance, Garrick Higgo hits his first career victory on the PGA Tour and celebrates his exploit in South Carolina by taking the Palmetto Championship. Inspired by a phone call from South African golf legend Gary Player, the 22-year-old from Johannesburg with a total of 273 (68 69 68 68, -11) sprints ahead of the competition of the English Tyrrell Hatton, the Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas and the Americans Hudson Swafford, Doc Redman and Bo Van Pelt, all second with 274 (-10).
He fails the feat to Dustin Johnson. The world number 1 at Ridgeland closes 10 / o with 276 (-8) paying dearly for a triple bogey on hole 16 (the third last of the day).
Garrick Higgo, Palmetto Championship
Third success of 2021 for Higgo who, after the two on the European Tour (where he boasts a total of 3 victories) arrived in April and May respectively at the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open and the Canary Islands Championship, also in Spain, now also triumphs on the top circuit male USA.
Only Jim Benepe, in 1988 at the BMW Championship and his debut (with victory) on the PGA Tour, managed to do better than the South African. Who imposed himself as a "non-member" of the PGA Tour (his debut on the circuit had arrived last May at the PGA Championship, the second male Major of 2021) accepting, immediately after the feat in South Carolina, the registration to the circuit .
Just like Matt Wolff did in 2019, when the American won the 3M Open. A comeback for Higgo who started the final round 6 shots from the top. Higgo is the second left-handed golfer to win this season on the PGA Tour after Phil Mickelson (his PGA Championship).
As is the second South African (the first was Branden Grace at the Puerto Rico Open) in 2021 to celebrate success on the circuit. Youngest winner of the year on the PGA Tour, from 17 to 20 June he will be among the protagonists of the 121st edition of the US Open in California.
For him also a check for 1,314,000 dollars against a total prize money of 7,300,000 and the jump from 54th to 39th position in the world ranking. Higgo also became the first South African player to win on the PGA Tour at the age of 22 since Gary Player in 1958.
Best result since 2012 (when he finished in second place the Quicken Loans won by Tiger Woods) for Bo Van Pelt, runner up. A sensational triple bogey at 16 (par 4, hole closed in 7 strokes) cost Johnson dearly, who threw away the chances of victory.